After an easy day yesterday we decided to head to a museum down the road that had been recommended by our hostel owner. The Museo De La Memoria y Los Derechos Humanos (http://www.museodelamemoria.cl/) which translates as the Museum of Memory and Human Rights is a modern museum all about the abuse of human rights around the world but focuses on the military dictatorship in Chile under General Pinochet between 1973 and 1990.
Opened in 2010 it’s a modern museum with large exhibition areas and a memorial outside in the courtyard. The museum tells the story (the majority in english subtitles and annotations) of how Pinochet came to power in the 70s and using force kept any opposition quiet. The start shows the bombing of the presidential palace which we had visited only a week ago on our walking tour of Santiago. The video, artifacts including bomb casing and guns from the fire fight really brought it to life.
Different levels went on to show the fight for freedom, how people went missing who opposed the regime, the condemnation from outside of the country and how eventually a democracy returned to Chile (how much, I’m not too sure as the people are always protesting).
One room hanging above the main hall contained hundreds of electric candles which represented many of those killed or went missing during the regime. Looking out from that room you then had a view of hundreds of mug shots of all the people killed.It was one of the best museums we had visited in South America, it might not have had a real frozen inca mummy but it was moving and truly interesting.
After the museum we headed into the city centre and to the fish market for lunch. After looking over a few stalls we picked one which was reasonably priced. In Chile prices on the whole are cheaper than home but not that cheap so that you can eat out for every meal. But prices in the market will always be cheaper than in a restaurant.